LANSING, Mich. – (May 12, 2014) – Lansing Police continue their search for the man who shot and killed a Rite Aid employee Monday morning as investigators in nearby East Lansing search for the suspect in a shooting which unfolded 15 minutes later.
Lansing Police said Monday afternoon they are not sure if the cases are connected.
Police were called to the Frandor Shopping Center late Monday morning after a report of a shooting at the Rite Aid store, 3106 E. Saginaw St.
An officer with LPD said when emergency crews arrived on the scene, the employee was already deceased.
Witnesses told police the suspect entered the store, made contact with an employee, then began shooting. The employee was shot in the face.
According to the Lansing State Journal, “At least one witness has reported hearing several shots fired after a man went into a ‘consultation room’ with a pharmacist.” The suspect ran away from the scene, said police.
After investigators arrived on the scene at Frandor, they brought in a canine to try to track the scent of the suspect; however, the track was unsuccessful due to the weather conditions at the time, said police.
In an act he LPD officer called ‘very brazen,’ he said the suspect’s motive was unclear including if the man was trying to get a hold of prescription drugs. It was Lansing’s second homicide in 2014.
FOX 17’s Deanna Falzone spoke with an employee who was supposed to be in at 1 p.m. Monday. The employee said they are in shock and numb.
Police are still looking for the suspect – a black man in his 30s, between 5’8″ and 5’10” tall, wearing all black, including black top, bottoms, black hat and a black bag.
If you have any information on this incident call 911 immediately.
About 15 minutes later, and about one mile away police in nearby East Lansing were called to a shooting on Coolidge Road, between Saginaw and Lake Lansing Road.
The condition of the victim as well as the circumstances that led up to the shooting have not been revealed. Police could be seen early Monday afternoon blocking off Coolidge to traffic.
All East Lansing schools were put into lockdown, including Michigan State University which told its students to secure in place. MSU’s secure in place order was lifted at 1:15 p.m.